Kicks [NOT 27/8/21]

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Every now and again I like to nose around for a possible new pair of sneakers. I’ve stumbled across these slip-ons from Onitsuka Tiger. I just need my current pair of sneakers to get old and move on to work shoes. Usually I just get a new pair of old school Vans. They are not too expensive and I know how they will fit. So how about you? Do you have a favorite brand or style of shoe?



  1. A few years ago I got hooked on Merrills.  They cost a bit much, but you definitely get what you pay for.  Once upon a time, when I was buying $20 shoes, I would go through them every six months.  These things last for years before I have to get a new pair.  Now, with the pandemic, I’m not doing the mile to and from the train station to the office during the week, so my current pair may just last me forever.

    • …pretty sure I’ve mentioned this somewhere before so apologies for the repetition to those who’ve heard it before…or read it, since I know there are some pratchett fans among us…but the $20 shoe thing brought it to mind

      The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money.

      Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.

      But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that’d still be keeping his feet dry in ten years’ time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.

      This was the Captain Samuel Vimes ‘Boots’ theory of socioeconomic unfairness.

    • I tried a pair when they were on sale at REI maybe 10-15 years ago, and completely destroyed the soles in like a month.
      Granted, I can be pretty hard on footwear, but I felt that was absurdly short-lived, and I’ve actively avoided them since…

  2. used to be army boots for me…back in my trenchcoat wearing days
    nowadays ive got fancier kicks

    oh yeah…steel toed and heeled
    look like a butterfly sting like a fucking dumptruck

  3. I like the classic 3 stripe Adidas. There’s a navy blue pair, called Gazelle, that’d I’d like to. I was going to post a link but it was really long. 

  4. …it’s sort of a counterintuitive phrase…but I’m a fan of barefoot shoes

    …no, really…that’s a thing…they’re shoes designed to let your feet work the way they would if you weren’t wearing shoes…there’s a bit more to it than this but basically they have a pretty thin, flat sole with zero “drop” from heel to toe & more space for your toes to spread…they’re far & away the comfiest shoes I’ve ever worn but unless you spend a fair amount of time wandering around barefoot you’d need to get used to them slowly…walk in them the way you would “regular” shoes & it can mess you up

    …there’s one brand that’s quite well known that makes pairs with individual toes…but trust me when I say those freak people out…so I opt for ones that look like normal shoes

      • …sort of…it’s not easy to explain but basically you walk normally…you just have to not walk like you’re wearing “normal” shoes…so you aren’t really walking on the balls of your feet but you also aren’t smacking your heel into the ground & assuming there’s a shock absorber between the two

        …your foot actually flexes more that you’d think when you walk barefoot & once you’re used to the gait it’s not like you notice…but because of the way shoes are normally designed if you go straight from that sort to wearing the barefoot sort all day you can pull muscles or strain stuff…or bruise your heels

        …I’m not the best at explaining it but honestly they’re great…even had a hiking pair until I wore them out…& my feet were happier at the end of a day than they’d ever been wearing the expensive sort that require breaking in?

      • …think there’s several brands so the google thing will probably work…vibram five fingers are the ones I was thinking of with the individual toes…& vivo barefoot I’m pretty sure made the hiking pair I mentioned…along with a bunch of others…so you could do worse than start there?

        • ah, okay, thanks.  I remember seeing those five-finger ones, but was hesitant to even consider, based on my trouble finding gloves that fit (have I mentioned that I’m funny shaped?)

  5. I prefer bare feet. As I am a hermit that works just fine. Or ring-toe sandals. Or Tom’s Alpargatas. I used to wear fancy high heels to work every day, which is probably why I now prefer flat and comfy shoes. Or going barefoot (with painted toenails, of course).

    • i love being barefoot…least i did…till i stepped outside after some rain over here
      stepping on a slug is the most viscerally icky experience ive found so far
      and i say that as a person who had to patch up his dad when he though ooooo… better fucking pres this fucking absess and fucking exploded
      that…shit…was..not… fucking pretty
      i did get compliments from the first responders tho….so…there is that
      wooo validation…now go fucking patch up your dads you fucking cunts

  6. I love(d) slip-on shoes. Around Y2K, when the world ended, I came across Karl Kani black slip-ons and instantly felt Wayne’s World guitar passion for them. They became mine! I kept them in mint condition for almost two years until someone (curse him) “borrowed” them without my knowledge or consent and got them all muddy and destroyed them. Ever since, I have been buying random black slip-ons and they NEVER live up to the task.

        • @myopicprophet Ah, I see. I call the shoes I linked “slides” and “flip flops” the type of sandal that has a Y-shaped thingy you clench between your big toe and “index toe”. I believe Australians  refer to them as “thongs”, because….???
          But noted on the slip-ons. Those sound like they were great and I hope you find something similar. What an inconsiderate goon that person was to wear your shoes and ruin them. 

          • I refrained from adding the thong vs. flip flop thing because I was unsure if you’d know wtf I was talking about. You’re right. Flip flops have the toe thing and thongs have no toe thing. 

            I can’t explain why we (and Aussies) called them “thongs” but in Canada we no longer use that word…hence…the “flip flops” bit.

  7. As a flat footed wide footed bad pronator, I am limited on options for tennis shoes.

    Normally I wear Brooks because they run wide, but I ordered a pair of Asics to try when I start running again post messed up stupid late 30s back injury. 

  8. I mostly wear Converse or the knock-off equivalent from Amazon. I also like a low heel combat style boot for the winter. But I’ve been living in house slippers or 20 yr old Birks for the past 18 months so all my shoes are gathering dust, just like my “normal” clothes.

  9. I’m pretty basic.  Work boots for work, hiking boots or work boots for not-work, and converse all stars for cycling, running, other times I’m wearing shorts, etc.  just socks for around the apartment
    When I’m wearing jeans, I pretty much need to wear something with a slight heel, like boots, because I’m built like a tolkien dwarf, and my jeans will drag on the ground and get caught under my shoes otherwise.

  10. I’m a big converse gal, I have wayyy too many pairs in many colors… In the winter and fall, I like to wear boots. But this year I had a foot fracture in Jan, so I’ve almost exclusively been wearing supportive sneakers. I got my first pair of Hoka One One and I love them. It’s like walking on a cloud. I usually would buy Sketchers, but those do wear out pretty quickly. 

  11. For trainers, I prefer Pumas to Adidas (after wearing out my Superstars with the silver stripes as a teenager), and my go-to is either a Suede Classic or the Vikky, which is basically the same thing. I used to love a version of their shoe with more heel cushion–I can’t find it now, but it’s something like a cross between the Bella and the Rider. If I could afford to wear Common Projects trainers and not worry about ruining them, that’s probably what I’d do. 
    [Did anyone else spend their tween and teen years wearing Airwalks? Simples?]

    But in non-WFH times, I usually wear a reliable ankle boot in fair weather and a knee boot in the winter (the extra layer keeps your legs warm). I’ve collected the classic Rachel Comey and Rag & Bone ankle boots over the years and will keep resoling them until they–or I–die. I don’t care if Gen Z-ers tell me they’re yesterday’s news. 
    [Btw, I love Onitsuka Tigers. They sort of remind me of a cheerleading shoe, but in reality they don’t have enough cushioning for me, as I walk everywhere. ]

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